Lost in Tech embarked on a journey to explore various 3D printing nozzles. However, he encountered an unexpected challenge as his current set of printers did not support standard E3D or MK8 nozzles. Undeterred, he decided to examine different nozzles using a microscope, focusing on their orifices.
Each nozzle had a small hole at the end, with variations in roundness observed between different models. Unsurprisingly, the more expensive nozzles generally exhibited better orifice quality than their cheaper counterparts. To capture detailed images of the nozzles at high magnification, Lost in Tech set up an image stacking system, which he further explains in another video.
The highlight of the video is when he virtually explores the orifices, providing an inside-out view of the nozzles and revealing the smoothness and finish of the inner surfaces. Notably, Creality nozzles showcased good quality at a reasonable price. Expensive nozzles generally performed well, while cheap nozzles displayed a wide range of quality.
Towards the end, Lost in Tech speculates on whether non-standard nozzles serve to prevent users from purchasing low-cost alternatives to protect sales or to shield them from poor print quality associated with inexpensive options. The video provides valuable insights into the intricacies of 3D printing nozzles and their potential impact on print quality.
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